Whether you’ve been on family holidays, backpacked solo or been for a weekend away with friends, each time you’ve had something different in mind. Now you’re looking to take on the world as a couple, but you’re not sure where to go. Does it differ from previous trips you’ve planned? Here’s how to choose the best couples holiday.

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Decide what to do on your Couples Holiday

Family holidays are focused on children and family activities. Lads or Girls holidays tend to focus on sun, sand and heavy drinking. Maybe when you were a solo traveller you spent more time climbing mountains. Now you’ve got to figure out what you want to do as a couple and choose the best couples holiday together.

If you both have stressful jobs, it may be that you want a chance to kick back, read a book and think about little else. If that’s the case, then you’re pretty much sorted and can start thinking about what sort of climate is most comfortable. It might be that you are sportier and want to go cycling, or perhaps you’re interested in art galleries and museums.

There may even be one specific place that you have in mind and its seeing if your partner is interested in going there too. Once you’ve both agreed on what your main theme (or two) is, you can start thinking about where in the world you can do it.

Climate

Hot or Cold? Wet or Dry? Summer or Winter? Your preferences to these questions relates back to the previous section. If you want to swim in the ocean, you are unlikely to choose a country plunged into the depths of winter. Likewise you’re not going to see the Aurora Borealis from the tropics.

For some, the idea of a winter wonderland sounds romantic, but the reality of bitter cold and little sunlight could do a number on your body. Don’t forget to take into account whether you’re likely to enjoy the realities of a climate. Because the last thing you want is to spend your whole couples holiday complaining about it. Still keen on seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland? Find out what the weather is really like (it’s colder than you think!)

Culture

It’s also important to consider if there are any cultures you are interested in. If you have a love for Reggaetón and Colonial architecture, then South America is an obvious choice. You might have read a lot about the Hygge lifestyle and want to visit Scandinavia to see how it works in everyday life. If that’s not your thing, there’s nothing wrong with choosing somewhere Anglicised that has a booming tourist trade. At the end of the day, you want to enjoy yourself and if home comforts are important to you, then that’s what you need to look for.

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Part of this is the language which a country speaks too. If you’re not comfortable in foreign languages then somewhere like Japan could be too daunting. Yet English-speaking Australia lets you explore a different culture without a language barrier. Travelling as a couple might give you more options. If one of you speaks a foreign language, it’s a good opportunity for one of you to brush up your skills. Whilst the other can sit back and relax on this couples holiday knowing that your partner will get you by. 

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Budget

Think carefully about your budget before booking that once in a lifetime trip! On a budget you need to look for cheaper flights and accommodation. Europe offers plenty of destinations with stunning scenery and rich cultural history for cheap prices. On the flip side, many Asian destinations have more expensive flights but low cost of living once you’re there.

If money is no object you might be after that first class, five-star couples holiday experience! It’s important to decide whether you want many things to do, or just a few extraordinary experiences. For example, on a recent trip we decided to splurge on a helicopter ride at night. It was a once in a lifetime experience that we’ll never forget.

Travelling or staying in one place

By this point, you’ve probably narrowed it down to a small number of countries, but that doesn’t mean you’re good to go. Is there a specific city that you want to visit where you can do everything on your bucket list? Do you have enough time to visit many destinations?

If you don’t like the idea of travelling, you can start looking at which one destination can offer you the most. Staying in one place allows you to fully get to know the place, but make sure there’s enough to keep you occupied.

It might be that you intend to travel around once you reach your destination. If that’s the case you need to decide what sort of transportation you will use. Public transport, guided tours or renting your own vehicle all have their pros and cons. You also have to decide whether to book accommodation in advance or find it whilst you’re on the road. If you have an internet connection its easy to search for local vacancies wherever you are. It’s then up to you whether to inquire on the night or book in advance through hotel booking websites. There’s also a ton of travel apps that are great for travelling couples.

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